New Study Shows Cancer Survivors Reduce Reoccurrance With Exercise Says the NY Times

New Study Shows Cancer Survivors Reduce Reoccurrence With Exercise Says the NY Times

The cure for cancer has not been found, however, for those who have suffered through the disease and its treatment, exercise may keep the cancer away. A new study shows that Cancer Survivors who stay active as less likely to get it again.

Cancer Survivors Who Stay Active Live Longer

Phys Ed|

By GRETCHEN REYNOLDS

| May 16, 2012, 12:01 am

 

Can going for a walk improve cancer survivors’ long-term prognosis? It may, according to new research showing that exercise can lower survivors’ risk of premature death, not only from cancer but from any cause. The findings are likely to resonate widely at a time when about 14 million Americans, and many more worldwide, have survived cancer.

In one report, a major new review published this month in The Journal of the National Cancer Institute, scientists at the agency gathered available studies examining exercise and cancer survivorship, dating to 1950. Most had been published in the past five years.

“This is an area of growing scientific interest,” says Dr. Rachel Ballard-Barbash, the associate director for applied research at the National Cancer Institute and lead author of the study. “Exercise is an accessible, low-cost intervention. But before we can suggest that cancer survivors become physically active, we need to understand what effects exercise has” on the bodies and life spans of those who’ve been given a cancer diagnosis.

To date, messages about the effects of exercise on cancer patients have been mixed. Some physicians have worried that exercise might exacerbate the fatigue that is common after cancer treatment. Others have raised concerns that the physical stress of exercise could even create conditions within the body that might contribute to tumor recurrence.

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